June 23, 2013

Lewis N. Mullin


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DELPHI — Lewis N. Mullin, 96, rural Delphi, died at 9:45 p.m. Thursday, June 20, 2013, at the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community.

He was born Feb. 24, 1917, the son of Roscoe C. and Pearl Sterrett Mullin. He married Hazel Esther Stockrahm Oct. 26, 1940, in Peru. His only sibling, Opal Ringer, died in 2001.

Lewis attended school at Burrows and Rockfield, graduating in 1934. He received a scholarship paying twice a year $67.50 for his tuition to Indiana University lasting all the six years needed to obtain a law degree in 1940. Early at IU he helped build a log cabin and recycle crate wood as firewood in exchange for room and board. Later, a roommate, Ed Craft, found him employment in the Union Building waiting tables, checking coats and cleaning. At IU he served as a student editor of the Law Journal and earned membership in the Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary. It was at IU that Lewis met Hazel.

Lewis was Carroll County prosecutor for eight years, public defender for 20 years, county attorney for five years, REMC attorney for 44 years, Area Planning Commission advisor for 20 years and Rock Creek Cass-Carroll County Conservancy District attorney for 50 years. In 2006 he received the Samuel Milroy Award from the Delphi Chamber of Commerce.

Before settling back in Carroll County, Lewis worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., from 1940 to 1943.

He also served three years in the U.S. Army in the southwest Pacific, including New Guinea, Australia and then in Manila in the office of Adjutant General in McArthur’s headquarters and later in McArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo.

After his discharge from the army, he returned to work in the Department of Agriculture for one more year before heeding this father’s call to bring his family to his home county to farm and practice law. His first office was above what was once Orr’s Drug Store in Delphi. In 1960, he moved his office to the corner of Market and Monroe into a big brick house he inherited from his grandmother, Jenny Dickenson.

Lewis was a member of the Camden American Legion, Camden Lions Club, Delphi Rotary Club, State and American Bar Associations and Burrows Presbyterian Church. In 1986 he refurbished the one-room Martin School, now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Surviving are one son, William Lewis (Norma) of Delphi; three grandchildren, Wade Davis Mullin (Kari) of Lafayette, Sara Kiva Stacey (Brian) of Lafayette and Garret Mullin Hess of Bloomington; and five great-grandchildren, Kaylee Mullin, Jaydin Mullin, Jerraleigh Stacey, Lilly Stacey and Katherine Stacey.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Camden Cemetery with Pastor Ken Smith officiating.

Memorials may be made to The Friends of Carroll County Parks, 817 E. Columbia, Delphi, IN 46923, for upkeep of the Martin one-room schoolhouse.

Arrangements entrusted to Cree Funeral Home, Camden.

The lark is up to meet the sun,

The bee is on the wing;

The ant its labor has begun,

The woods with music ring.

Shall birds, and bees, and ants, be wise,

While I my moments waste?

O let me with the morning rise,

And to my duty haste.

(McGuffey’s Eclectic Primer, 1849)